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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens UpMo campus

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens Scotland's first ever university-style campus for disabled learners in Leith.

Early next year the campus will extend to include a new performing arts hub “Swanfield” designed by CROPKA architects. The performing arts hub will provide a dance ­studio, rehearsal room, and performance room.

Read full press release by Edinburgh News here.

Click here to watch pictures from the UpMo Campus launch.

Visit our website for further information about the UpMo Performing Arts Hub.

We are proud to be associated with the concept of the UPMO Campus and the positive contribution to so many people's lives made by the UPMO team. If you would like to make a contribution, simply visit UpMo Just Giving site and donate online. 

Every little counts!

 

Planning for an Edinburgh eco-house submitted

We have submitted a planning application for a new eco-friendly passive house located in Corstorphine/Murrayfield, Edinburgh. 

As environment and sustainability conscious architects we have designed the new house with energy efficient green technologies in mind. The following basic principles have been adopted to minimise energy use:

• A highly insulated external fabric with a high level of airtightness

• High thermal mass internally

• Large windows and rooflights allowing sunlight to penetrate deep into the building and maximise passive solar gain

• A whole building mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery

• Ground source energy collection transferred via a heat exchanger to underfloor heating system

• Solar energy collected via integrated photovoltaic cells charging housed battery to supplement electricity load

• No use of fossil fuels

• Comfort heating provided by burner fuelled using bioethanol

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BIM-ready!

We have upgraded to ArchiCAD 22 - our team is now fully capable to deliver even the most complex projects using Building Information Modelling technology. Moving to BIM allows us to communicate our designs better with our Clients, improve control of cost and,  coordinate with our consultants using intelligent 3D models and intelligent clash detection systems. 

World Autism Awareness Day

 

Today is the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day. 

We are inviting our friends, colleagues and neighbors around the world to come together to pledge to go blue to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism. We hope you’ll join us by pledging your support for a more inclusive world.

You can help too... by supporting our new project “UPMO Campus: New Performing Arts Hub for adults with learning difficulties and autism” and donating to Upward Mobility charity online or getting in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every little counts! 

Click to donate with Just Giving

 

We are now a LLP

CROPKA architects changed formation to a Limited Liability Partnership. Registration with Companies House makes our operations more transparent - you can track our performance and check important business data on the Companies House website. 

UpMo - a new hub for adults with learning difficulties and autism

We are very pleased to announce we have been appointed by Upwards Mobility Ltd (UpMo) to design a new hub for their creative and educational workshops.

UpMo is an organisation focused on helping adults with learning difficulties develop their potential with a diverse range of creative activities – everything from art and design, fashion and gardening to cheerleading, film making and School of Rock. 

Our design focuses on UpMo students and their families delivering spaces that meet their needs and help them develop their potential and make a difference to their lives.

The design is as innovative as the UpMo organisation itself. Creative workshop spaces will be constructed from shipping containers. This technique will improve speed of construction and reduce the construction time as well as allow us to develop spaces that are entirely unique fitting the creative character of the UpMo charity.

 

Lecture in Budapest

Many thanks to Dakea, Altaterra and VKR Holding for inviting our Piotr Piotrowski to give a lecture on sustainability, daylighting and breakthrough technologies coming to architecture and construction industry in the very near future. Piotr shared his knowledge of current development trends and changes to building regulations which are forcing new innovations onto the market. Groundbreaking projects from around the world have been discussed giving examples of what might become a new standard for building industry.  

We are members of

Our architects and engineers are members of the following registration bodies and societies: